Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Show a cat some fun!


The OHS has purchased several hundred specially-designed cat scratch pads to help ease feline stress inside our cramped shelter. The pads are easily affixed to the side of a cat cage, and allow the animals to ease anxiety and get a bit of exercise. Stress reduction in a shelter environment is extremely important, as it can help ward off illness and keep animals healthier.

The pads have been a huge hit with our cat residents so far! The pads have been used in a handful of cages, and our goal is to introduce them to more cages going forward.

Each scratch pad costs $1.50 and it will cost thousands of dollars over the next year to outfit our cages. You can help us purchase these scratch pads to keep our cats healthier!

Ottawa Humane Society prepares for busiest day of the year

June 30, 2010
For immediate release

How can you help? Leave your pet at home!

With the annual Canada Day festivities just around the corner, the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is preparing for its own traditional event — the busiest day of the year.

"Every Canada Day, we receive a flood of calls about lost animals, and we admit more animals on that day than any other of the entire year," says Bruce Roney, OHS Executive Director.

Part of the reason for the high admission is the annual fireworks show that happens in Ottawa. Almost all animals are terrified of fireworks, so the OHS recommends leaving your companion animal at home when you head out to the Hill, or to a neighbourhood celebration. "Even a well-trained dog can become spooked at the sound of fireworks and quickly bolt," says Mr. Roney. "Many, many animals turn up at the OHS each year because they panicked and ran away after hearing such loud noises."

Pets inside the home can also experience stress from the noise caused by fireworks and other loud celebratory noises. It's best to keep animals in a quiet room, with access to food and water, for a few hours during and after the fireworks to calm them down.

And should you choose to leave your animal with someone else this summer, make sure you provide that person with appropriate documentation (including an emergency number, letter of consent, past vet bills etc.). This proof of owner information will give your designated caregiver the authority to claim the animal on your behalf, should your pet become lost and turn up at a shelter.

By following these simple precautions, both you and your pet can enjoy safe summer celebrations.

Anyone who sees an animal in distress should contact the OHS Emergency Animal Protection Services immediately at 613-725-1532.

For media inquiries, contact:
Tara Jackson, Communications Manager
613-725-3166 ext. 261

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sonja and Bella

Check out two of our lovely, sweet but shy ladies here at the Ottawa Humane Society. They are adorable, 1 year old, female rats named Sonja (A117103) and Bella (A117104).

We currently have 5 wonderful rats available for adoption and they are all looking for their doting rat owners. Rats are very social critters and do best minimally in same sex pairs. Rats are clean, extremely smart, and very social with their human companions.

They typically live 2 to 2.5 years of age (some have been known to live longer with devoted owners). They also adapt well to your schedule; making it easier to socialize with this small pocket pet. They are the perfect size pet for small or large homes. Are you looking to add some pet rats to your life? Contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at adoptions@ottawahumane.ca.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Launch of the 2010 IAMS Wiggle Waggle Walkathon!

Ruff! We're very exicited about the 22nd annual Wiggle Waggle Walkathon. We have a new location! This year's event will take place at the NCC property at Riverside Drive, across from the R/A Centre, on Sunday, September 12th.

Last week some of our human and furry friends joined us to launch this year's walk. Check out the video!



We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, September 12th!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Pet of the Week: Brea



Meet Brea (A116185), a three-year old spayed female hound dog. She's a very sweet, loving girl who would love nothing more than to have a family to play with. She enjoys meeting and playing with other dogs, but she loves to chase cats! She requires a new home that has a yard or is in the country due to the fact that she loves to sing.


She adores kids, but the adoptive family would need to have kids 8 years and older until Brea has some training under her paws! If you are looking for a dog to run with, take on long walks or just to watch TV with, Brea may be the dog for you. Contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or send us an email for more information.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Ottawa Humane Society honours community members at AGM

June 23, 2010
For immediate release


The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) honoured several volunteers and members of the public last night at its Annual General Meeting. The annual awards are handed out to individuals and organizations who work to make our community better for animals.

Chief Vern White of the Ottawa Police Service received the Muriel Davies Kindness Award for outstanding contribution to animal welfare. Chief White was unable to attend the meeting, but will be presented with his award tomorrow at 11 a.m., when he helps to unveil the new site for the IAMS Wiggle Waggle Walkathon, on NCC property, across from the RA Centre on Riverside Drive.

TELUS received the Community Spirit Award for its contributions to the OHS, including support of its FurBall, grants to fund humane education presentations at local schools, and volunteering days of service at the shelter.

PetSmart received the Special Recognition Award for its partnership in the OHS pet store adoption program, and the corporation’s free online seminar program that allows OHS staff to learn about best practices in shelter vaccination protocols, foster programming and disease management.

Leanne Cusack, of CTV Ottawa, received the Media Award, for her work as an ambassador to adoptable animals, profiling them in weekly television spots, and for her volunteer work in the OHS building campaign video, which resulted in significant donations to the fundraising project.

Harvey Slipacoff, owner of KW Catering, received the OHS President’s Special Recognition Award, for his contributions to various fundraising events for the animals, including summer garden parties and the annual FurBall gala.

Gord Bellamy, a Westboro resident, and dedicated OHS volunteer, received the Eleanor Prowse Volunteer Service award for his contributions as a dog walker and office work, processing donations and receipts.

Barb Labelle, a Nepean resident, and dedicated OHS foster volunteer, received the Siobhan Shefflin Award for her efforts in caring for pregnant cats and litters of kittens at her home until they’re ready for adoption, giving these needy animals a second chance at life.

Dr. Tara Dacosta, a veterinarian with the federal government, received the Dr. James Hutchison Animal Welfare Award, for her volunteer work at the OHS, spaying and neutering homeless animals, and conducting live-saving surgery in the OHS clinic.

For media inquiries, contact:
Tara Jackson, Communications Manager
613-725-3166 ext. 261

Monday, June 21, 2010

Pinky, Sleepy and Frank

Calling all Gerbil fans! Meet Pinky (A116091), Sleepy (A116094) and Frank (A116089). These are just three out of more then a dozen gerbils at the shelter right now!


All three are just over 3 months old! Pinky and Sleepy are Gray gerbils, while their brother Frank is black and white! They came to us at the beginning of May and are still looking for their forever home. Gerbils need a secure small mammal cage or terrarium as they are known escape artists!


They have strong teeth and have a strong urge to chew, so mostly plastic cages and toys should be avoided! You would need things in their cage to chew, like a mineral wheel, or natural wood items made for small animals, so they can keep their teeth trimmed!


A nutritionally balanced gerbil food, with plenty of fresh water should always be available. Gerbils will also benefit from a pinch of timothy hay daily. They also need bi-weekly dust baths to keep their coats looking sleek and shiny!


Are you a gerbil parent in waiting? Then come down to the shelter and meet them today, or contact the OHS Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at adoptions@ottawahumane.ca.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Moby - OHS Pet of the Week

Now that the warm weather’s here, the Ottawa Humane Society is overloaded with cats. In an effort to find new homes for these cuddly creatures, we’ve marked June as PURR-miere month, and we’re putting the spotlight on some of our celebrity pets. Anyone who adopts a dog or cat during the month will be eligible to win free movie passes, and we’ll be giving away other tickets to special movie premieres as the weeks go on.


Perhaps Moby (A116321), an 8-year old neutered male cat who is harnessed trained is the purrfect match for you! Contact the OHS Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at adoptions@ottawahumane.ca to learn more.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ottawa Humane Society admits six chickens in past week

June 17, 2010
For immediate release


The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is caring for five stray chickens turned in by city bylaw officers on Tuesday. The chickens were picked up from Gloucester High School after they were involved in an end-of-year prank organized by students.

The arrival of two roosters and three hens mark the second time in a week that poultry have arrived at the OHS. A lone hen was dropped off last week, also the result of a school prank at a downtown school.

The birds are being temporarily housed in outdoor cages, separated by sex. OHS staff are cleaning the cages several times a day, and providing general care and feed that had to be specially purchased.

"It's interesting that we're seeing these chickens in the midst of the current debate to allow urban chicken coops in our city," said OHS Executive Director, Bruce Roney. "The reality is that chickens already exist in our community, and when no one is around to care for them, it falls to us to take on that responsibility."


Three of the five chickens turned over to the OHS on Tuesday.

Every year, the OHS admits a handful of stray chickens that are brought to the shelter by city bylaw officers, or members of the public. With limited resources and no adequate space for housing livestock, the birds are re-homed to local farms.

For media inquiries, contact:
Tara Jackson, Communications Manager
(613) 725-3166 ext. 261

Monday, June 14, 2010

Pickle: a Buddy and Belle profile


Arf! My name is Pickle (A111226) and I am an eight-month-old miniature pinscher. My name is pretty apt, because I sure found myself in a pickle when I recently broke my leg. My owner couldn’t afford to pay for the treatment, so a rescue agent from the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) came to pick me up from the vet.



I was pretty scared when I first arrived at the OHS, but the veterinarian calmed me down, and gave me some pain medication to make sure I was comfortable. She examined me, and set my leg in the hopes it would heal properly. My leg was set, and even though the cast was a bit uncomfortable, the vet explained that it was necessary in order for my leg to heal. I spent the next two months resting and being seen regularly by the vet to make sure my progress was on track.

Luckily I was able to recuperate in the home of a kind foster volunteer who was able to give me all the love and attention I needed! The veterinarian told me that I am getting better, which makes me very excited, as I can’t wait to start looking for my new forever home!

Please help Pickle, and other animals like him in need of emergency animal treatment, by making a donation.

HOPE Volleyball Tournament: July 10

Get your game face on! The HOPE Volleyball Tournament is coming up fast. The OHS is pleased to be one of this year's recipient charities. Visit the HOPE website for additional information.

Funds from this important community event will support our Brightening Lives Animal Visiting Program, where OHS volunteers visit long-term care facilities to provide animal visits to residents. Our staff and volunteers are looking forward to helping with the event on July 10, 2010.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Do you know about the Ottawa Animal Advocate e-bulletin?

Do you know about the Ottawa Humane Society's Ottawa Animal Advocate e-bulletin?  Once a month we send out a short e-newsletter with OHS stories, community actions and pet advice.


You can also check out past issues on our website.

(Photo by Steve Eng.)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Fiona

Now that the warm weather's here, the Ottawa Humane Society is overloaded with cats. In an effort to find new homes for these cuddly creatures, we've marked June as PURR-miere month, and we're putting the spotlight on some of our celebrity pets. Anyone who adopts a dog or cat during the month will be eligible to win free movie passes, and we'll be giving away other tickets to special movie premieres as the weeks go on.


Perhaps Fiona (A114830) is the purrfect match for you! This five year old spayed female cat arrived at the OHS in April with a severely injured eye. Her eye couldn't be saved, so the veterinary team removed it. Now she is fully healed and ready to find a happy forever home.


She is a very friendly and gentle cat, and is great with children. She is almost always purring! She likes to sneak under the covers at bedtime for a cuddle.


If Fiona sounds like the feline for you, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or send them an email at adoptions@ottawahumane.ca.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sponsor Equipment

Check out our new way to support the OHS in building a new home and a brighter future for Ottawa's animals! One of the very significant costs of the new facility will be the specialized medical and other equipment to ensure the proper care and well-being for the animals during their stay.

In addition to the naming opportunities for rooms and areas of the facility, a new and fun way to support the campaign is by directing your gift to a particular piece of equipment. Visit the campaign website a www.breakingground.ca to see the kinds of equipment needed and to make your gift. Support for equipment will appear on the campaign website.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Juvenile or Baby Wildlife

Stumbling upon a baby animal that needs help usually brings out the maternal instincts in all of us. But spotting a baby animal by himself doesn't necessarily mean he's an orphan. Many wildlife parents leave their young alone during the day, sometimes for long periods. The mother is usually nearby and quite conscious of her young. Also, keep in mind that despite their small size, many young animals are actually independent enough to fend for themselves.

How can you tell if an animal needs your help or should be left alone?

Katie Hudson, a celebrity cat

Now that the warm weather's here, the Ottawa Humane Society is overloaded with cats. In an effort to find new homes for these cuddly creatures, we’ve marked June as PURR-miere month, and we’re putting the spotlight on some of our celebrity pets. Anyone who adopts a dog or cat during the month will be eligible to win free movie passes, and we’ll be giving away other tickets to special movie premieres as the weeks go on. Perhaps Katie Hudson (A115374), a gorgeous five year old spayed female cat, is the purrfect match for you! Contact the OHS at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or at adoptions@ottawahumane.ca to learn more.

June is PURR-miere month at the Ottawa Humane Society

June 1, 2010
For immediate release

Hooray for Purrywood! It’s time to roll out the red carpets and get the flashbulbs ready — June is PURR-miere month, and the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is celebrating its pet celebrities in need of new homes.

Throughout June, anyone who adopts a dog or cat from the OHS shelter will be eligible to enter a draw for free movie passes (complete with vouchers for popcorn and drinks!). In addition, winners will leave with a dog or cat-themed swag basket, featuring toys and treats, so your new friend will be entertained while you’re out at the show.

Among the feline celebrities currently staying in the OHS adoption ward is beautiful Bailey. Just six years old, this seasoned cat is known for her expressive eyes and ability to emote effortlessly. Bailey’s a playful pal who would be happy to take the lead role in your family!

Bailey, a six-year-old cat, is looking for a new home this June. During PURR-miere month at the OHS, new adopters will have a chance to win free movie passes and pet-themed gift baskets.

To learn more about any of the adoptable animal stars currently available, contact the OHS Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or visit http://www.ottawahumane.ca/.

For media inquiries, contact:
Tara Jackson, Communications Manager
(613) 725-3166 ext. 261

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